Cross Out

A decade ago, the ACLU threatened suit against the county of Los Angeles because they had a tiny crucifix visible on the county’s official seal. That had to go. The county caved in, despite thousands in the street protesting the rewriting of this bit of history.  (By odd circumstance, I was briefly part of that crowd.)

LAcountyThe county hurriedly came up with a new design. It was initially acceptable, because while it had religious symbols in it, they weren’t Christian symbols (the target of their hostility), and thus were perfectly fine to the ACLU. Only when fair-minded people pointed out that they were, still, religious symbols — and pressed the point — did Los Angeles change the design once again.

Now it shows the back side of the mission. The cross is not visible. This is, in my opinion, inaccurate and foolish, and an Orwellian rewriting of history. Los Angeles, or more properly “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula,” was founded as a Franciscan mission. But as with many of the hundreds of other lawsuits brought pr threatened in this newly-manufactured zeal to edit Christianity out of American history, the targets collapsed under threat.

The only small victory was that the ACLU was still annoyed at a Christian building still sneaking in, through the mission’s own back door — the part visible in the seal. There is more to the story, though, and a bit of good news…

Not a War on Christmas

Much has been made of the attack on the greeting “Merry Christmas” and the displays of nativity scenes or even Christmas cards. Such things were common and accepted not long ago. Now they inspire lawsuits and company edicts, and new local regulations.

It isn’t a “war on Christmas” exactly. The campaign to remove Christmas from the public sphere is a relatively small battle, part of the Left’s larger war on Christianity. The forced removal of Christian symbols, traditions, and history is even accompanied in some cases by the editing of historical references to pretend they were never there. The county seal changes are examples of this.

As I am a lifelong non-theist, you might wonder why I care. One part of the answer is that I am also a keen student of history, from which I have developed a deep respect for the great experiment represented by the founding of the United States. I am vastly annoyed by this campaign to discredit and falsify the origins and trajectory of American exceptionalism, even to the extent of making the use of that term politically incorrect.

Satan as a Symbolic Victory

Now leftists are pushing to have a statue of Satan erected in the Oklahoma Capitol building. Another group thinks it would be neat to have the Flying Spaghetti Monster in there. Anything, no matter how silly or stupid or mean-spirited, to push to remove all traces of Christian heritage and history from public view.

They have a good chance of succeeding. The Ten Commandments monument in the Capitol is already the subject of a suit under review. And thus, they’re likely to score another symbolic victory over the country and system they mean to undermine. It’s an odd choice of symbols — they don’t believe in Satan, either. But their point is to eliminate anything to do with American exceptionalism, a notion which one commenter told me today was a “totally incomprehensible concept.”

I understand it, even if he does not.

The good news

This week, a tiny pushback is being felt — the County of Los Angeles just voted (3-2) to add a tiny cross to the mission in the county seal, “for historical accuracy.”

Here come the ACLU attorneys…

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle